Be the Habitat
What is it?
How do you do it?
What constitutes a habitat gardener over a gardener?
All, very good questions. And all important ways to define what habitat gardening is and why your backyard should become one.
Habitat gardening is when you consciously choose which plants should go in your garden based on what insects/bugs/birds you want to attract.
For example, you won’t be choosing a flower/plant because it looks pretty or because it would look great with your house. Instead, you choose it because it attracts different pollinators (ext.) to your garden and you want to promote them. This could mean designating an area of your garden by picking plants like coneflowers, milkweed, echinacea, or butterfly bush because you want to increase the butterfly activity.
This could mean designating an area of your garden by picking plants like coneflowers, milkweed, echinacea, or butterfly bush because you want to increase the butterfly activity.
Although, I want to point out, that if you build a garden for pollinators you want to attract other species than just butterflies (or one type of butterflies).
What does Habitat Gardening mean?
Habitat gardening means bringing a whole ecosystem to your backyards. Having plants that attract a variety of birds, insects, and animals to create a greater diversity of species. This will increase your biodiversity and help sustain the planet!
Dragonflies- Black-eyed Susan or swamp milkweed
Hummingbirds – foxglove, hollyhocks, cleome, or impatiens
Ladybugs – angelica, cosmos, or dill and fennel
Finches – sunflowers, zinnias, or cosmos
To Habitat Garden:
You have to be aware of what each plant can cater too. Knowing that if you want a native garden, you would design it to bring a wide range of insects. No longer are you planting for looks but, for the habitats you can encompass in your home
Overall, habitat gardening is the next step to gardening. It’s knowing that you can plant (anyone can, plants want to survive!) and understand how they affect the environment around them.